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UP accounts for highest fake encounters
Published on 6 Aug. 2009 1:35 AM IST
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More than 100 fake shootout cases were registered across the country last year -- and Uttar Pradesh tops the list, the government has admitted in parliament. Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken informed parliament Tuesday that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) registered 103 fake shootout cases in 2008 as compared to 93 in 2007 and 122 in 2006. And up to July this year, 28 such cases have been registered across the country. Uttar Pradesh accounted for the maximum fake shootout cases. As many as 41 cases were registered in 2008, 48 in 2007 and 82 in 2006. Up to July this year, NHRC has registered 11 cases in Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh was followed by Maharashtra and Punjab, each recording 16 cases in 2008. NHRC registered three cases of fake shootouts last year in the national capital. Police killed Ranvir in a fake encounter: CBI In what has put question mark on the integrity of Uttarakhand Police, the CBI in its preliminary report claimed that the encounter of Ranvir Singh, a 22-year-old MBA student from Gazhiabad, was a fake. According to reports, the CBI has clearly rejected the theory presented by the Dehradun police officials that Ranvir had shot at the police and was then killed in retaliatory fire. The CBI report says that probably Ranvir was either shot dead in cold blood or there is also the possibility that he died during police interrogation -he had numerous injury marks - and then later he was shot to make it look like an encounter, reported ZeeNews on its website, Wednesday. The incident had happened near Ladpur jungles in Dehradun on July 3. After the forensic examination of the pistol recovered near the body of Ranvir Singh, the CBI also concluded that no single bullet was fired from it, which further raises suspicion over police’ action. The alleged fake encounter has snowballed into a major political controversy with the Uttrakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, literally, forced to order CBI inquiry into the incident. Ranvir’s family has also raised doubts over the impartiality of a probe being conducted by the state police CID. To ensure that the probe is not ‘influenced’, the Chief Minister had even removed the Dehradun Superintendent of Police and six other policemen were transferred to the police lines. A case of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code, against 14 police personnel involved in the encounter, was also registered at Raipur police station.

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